So here’s the question, “How can you be taken seriously as an inexperienced, but aspiring, combatant, if you get upset over general admonitions that might not even be directed towards you?”. What’s the answer? “Well, you can’t.”. In a number of posts written by myself and others over the years, it has become apparent to many of us, that a large group of civilians (primarily in the “publicly advertised” segment calling themselves “militia”) who aspire to learn fighting skills, will always think that they are the target of specific admonitions directed towards a specific segment of that group.
It doesn’t matter how “sterile” I make an admonition, a number of you out there will always say, “Why are you saying this TOO ME?”. It has been said that “If the shoe fits, wear it.”, and to that I say, “Yup, and if you think it applies to you, it probably does.” (I’m sick of getting messages and emails asking if I was talking about “Them”). In training you cannot advance unless you know “Where you want to go”, “What is your motivation”, and “What you are capable of”.
Self and Group assessments are very important in determining 1) Where you are at in capability (experience, training), 2) Where you want/need to be in capability (what’s your mission?), 3) What you need/are willing to do to get to that goal (what courses are available, do we just need to train harder on what we already know?). If you cannot truthfully and accurately acknowledge your shortcomings, you will never get past the level you are at now, and more importantly, you are probably not at the level you think you are.
There’s a reason the Mason Dixon Survivalist Association uses the motto “Be a Survivalist who is a “Jack of all Trades”, master of some (preferably the life saving and life protecting arts).” That reason is that your ability to survive is contingent on the plethora of basic and advanced skills you have acquired over the years, but if you are not at a highly proficient level in the “life protecting” (gun skills, empty hand combatives, and tactics), and the “life saving’ (first aid, trauma treatment, and follow on care), you are in for a steep (read that as cliff) learning curve.
Do I like being the “Mean Sergeant”? No. Will I continue doing it? Yes. I really don’t see that I have a choice. I’m a firm believer in helping those who need it when and where I can. I look at it no differently than I did when I was an NCO in the Army. I was given a group of young Soldiers to train and lead, and by God, I made sure they were ready when the rubber met the road.
Although you are not my “Soldiers”, and I most definitely am not your “Leader”, I still feel responsible to help all that I can as you get ready for what is to come. The mission is no less serious than what my Soldiers trained for, and honestly, I feel the “mission” is more important (our families) than mine was as a Soldier. If you disagree, just scroll up to the “Butthurt” form. If nothing else, filling it out might be cathartic…..
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE